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 June 2010                                                             The Official T.S.P.S. Chapter 5 Newsletter 

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A special THANKS to all the individuals and firms that have renewed their advertising in the Chapter 5 Newsletter. The funds generated from the ads go into the General Fund of the Chapter, and help with educational and promotional events and activities throughout the year that benefit our members and profession. The rates are purposefully priced at favorable rates to provide maximum benefit to our supporters and sponsors. If you or your firm is interested in adding your business card or larger ad, please contact Chris Freeman (972-226-8181).

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Advertisements should be sent prior to Newsletter posting on the 1st of each month.

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Chapter Officers for 2009-2010

The Executive Committee for Chapter 5 for 2009-2010 is as follows:

  • Raul Wong, Jr.        President

  • Jerry Lehew            1st Vice President

  • Jason Jernigan         2nd Vice President

  • John Pierce              Secretary/Treasurer

  • Charlie Redd          1 year Director   

  • Richard Ortiz           1 year Director

  • Colin Henry             2 year Director

  • Fred Bemenderfer    2 year Director

  • Bob  Cummings       Past President

  • Chris Freeman         Chapter Representative


Chapter 5  Committee Chairs

  • Education                John Pierce

  •        --Skills USA            Jerry Lehew

  •        --Teachers Retreat   Colin Henry

  • Nominating Bob Cummings

  • Membership Richard Ortiz

  • Programs Paul Mannel

  • Golf Tournament Sean Flaherty

  • Day at Lone Star Park Robert Schneeberg

  • Public Relations Chris Freeman

  • Governmental Liaison Charlie Redd

If you are interested in assisting on any of the above Committees, please contact the respective Committee Chairman.  Your volunteer service is appreciated.

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In the Rearview Mirror…

--- A strong turnout for the May meeting and pending datum update presentation by UT-Dallas Professor and Geodesist Georgia Fotopoulis.  Great discussion, many new attendees, and several students from UT-Dallas and North Lake College.  65 attendees.    

---11th Annual Tim Mireur Golf Tournament.... submitted by Sean Flaherty

On May 1st, the TSPS Dallas Chapter 5 sponsored the 11th Annual Tim Mireur Golf Tournament.  The event displayed 74 players and 14 Hole Sponsors.  This was a great turnout.

This tournament was initiated 11 years ago by a handful of local surveyors wanting to play golf in a somewhat organized manner.  Now each year the number of players varies from 70-100, which includes family members, clients, vendors and suppliers, engineers, architects, and other professionals and non-professionals in our industry.  It is not only a chance to play golf with some buddies and/or co-workers, but a great avenue for building client relations, networking, and strong camaraderie. This year started off with breakfast tacos sponsored by Rene Ortiz and Precise Land Records...good start to the day.  Then after play, everyone returned to the clubhouse for a fantastic lunch from Texas de Brazil.  You can’t ask for a better lunch then an endless supply of meat!

After lunch we completed the event by presenting awards and door prizes.  The 1st Place team was comprised of Rodney Walsh, Sue Stewart, Garey Gilley and Allen Peloquin, Runners Up were Bill Johnson, Kevin Hampton, Kim Speir and Mike Cuzzo, and the 3rd Place Team was Mark Eder, Mark Roberson, Chris Freeman and Wayne Simonson.  Additional awards given including the Long Drive which was won by Bill Johnson.  Of course Bill also received the “holy grail” of this tournament, which is a hard-hat with a tee and TSPS golf ball on top…quite the shelf decoration. The largest accolade for this tournament is that a portion of the proceeds are given to Dallas Chapter 5 to be used strictly for scholarships and education.  These monies will be used to pay for some survey-related classes, books and calculators for our local survey students.  This is a tremendous opportunity to promote our industry and enhance the awareness of land surveying at the local level. Every year we have several companies and individuals that sponsor this tournament. 

This year the Hole Sponsors include the following:              

ARS Engineers, Inc.            

Bohannan Huston, Inc.            

Courthouse Research Specialists            

Fulton Surveying, Inc.            

Geomatic Resources LLC            

Halff Associates            

Lamb-Star Engineering, L.P.            

Lina T. Ramey & Associates, Inc.            

McLaughlin Brunson Insurance Agency LLP            

Midwest Architects & Engineers Supply, Inc.            

Surveying and Mapping, Inc.

The Wallace Group, Inc.            

TSPS Chapter 2            

Western Data Systems, Inc.  

Thanks to these sponsors we are better able to promote our local survey classes.  

We need to give Special Thanks to John Nicholson and Midwest Architects & Engineers Supply.  They give extra each year and this year was no exception, with them providing the 1st Place prizes (putter and wedges), 2 additional drink tickets for each player, and several more door prizes.  They always go above and beyond! We would also like to recognize Sue Stewart and Fulton Surveying, and TSPS Chapter 2 (Fort Worth) for assisting in this fundraiser, and promoting these survey classes and students.  With Dallas and Fort Worth being so close in proximity, there is a lot of overlap of students and instructors for these classes.  Participation from both Chapters is a great testament to that partnership.

Once we balanced the income and expenses, the Chapter netted $2,756.64 to go towards our Education.  This is the third year that this tournament has provided funds to local scholarships, and the total amount donated for these 3 years is $7,756.64.  That is fantastic!!

If anyone is interested in speaking to someone about how these scholarships are awarded, please contact either John Pierce (214.631.7888) or Chris Freeman (972.226.8181 ext 106).  Or you can contact any one of the Chapter’s many active members and they can head you in the right direction.
Thanks again for everyone who participated, and another Special Thanks to our sponsors!! 
 I look forward to our 12th Tournament next spring.
Sean M. Flaherty  Tournament Chair.    


 ---Barton Burnett at ACSM Meeting….at the April meeting, members voted to spend $500 to assist in the expenses of Barton Burnett (SkillsUSA teacher at Duncanville H.S.) to travel to the ACSM Conference in Phoenix to give a presentation on surveying programs in high school curriculum.  Bart shared the success of the Skills survey program with TSPS and Chapter 5, and how Texas is leading the nation in these efforts.  Representatives from the Kansas and New Jersey surveyor associations are actively seeking assistance and guidance from TSPS as they begin to organize local, regional, and statewide high school level survey competitions, as well as organize Educator Retreats similar to the efforts of TSPS.  Great PR for all members of TSPS!                                    


  ---Certified Survey Technician test date set….the next scheduled exam date for any of the Certified Survey Technician levels has been scheduled for Saturday August 14th at the West Campus of North Lake College.  This certification program is a great way for your paraprofessional staff to document their skill levels, both for office and field personnel.  You can download a practice test on the NSPS website via the CST link:                           ( www.nspsmo.org ).
For information regarding any aspect of the testing, contact John Pierce at 214-532-1667.



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    Opportunities for You….


    ----2010 Teachers Retreat: Planning is nearly complete for the 2010 Teachers Retreat, which will be hosted by North Lake College, and jointly sponsored by TSPS Chapter 5 (Dallas) and Chapter 2 (North Central).  The dates are set, June 15-17.  With an expected 40+ high school educators attending, the hope is to have 25-30 Surveyors committed to volunteer some of their time during the Retreat to assist in the various activities that will familiarize the teachers with what Surveyors do.  Heading the Chapter 5 team is new Director Colin Henry.  Some of the Guest Speakers have already committees, including Keynote Speaker Brian Autio.  Also speaking are Nedra Foster and Darrell Shine.  There are classroom activities, as well as field exercises planned.  And more than anything, it is just casual interaction between Surveyors and educators that go such a long way in sharing who we are and what we do that will really dictate the success of the event.  Be a part of it!  Get on the Volunteer List by contacting Jerry Lehew at 972-442-5405.


    ----Chapter 5 needs You…

    The strength of any volunteer organization lies in its members, and Chapter 5 is no different.  Our organization relies on the dedicated efforts of its members, both individually and collectively.  Willingness to serve the Chapter is a necessity, as it will bring a steady flow of new and fresh ideas and energy to the organization.  Each year, at least two Director positions become available, allowing for participation at the Chapter leadership positions.  If you are interested in such an opportunity, or know of someone who could serve in that role, please contact any member of the current Chapter 5 Executive Committee listed at the top of the Newsletter.  Chapter elections will likely occur in early August, prior to the September meeting when the new Chapter Officers will be sworn in by incoming TSPS President John Watson.








    DATE:  JUNE 5, 2010

    TIME: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

    LOCATION: Richard Moya Park (just minutes from the Austin Airport Hilton, site of the TSPS Quarterly Board Meeting)


    ENTRY FEE:  No cost. Each team must supply and cook donated meats for auction event


    This year we are inviting six BBQ teams to participate in a cook off at the Ray Wisdom Auction. TSPS will accept the first five teams that register as participants in this year’s event. Teams can be sponsored by TSPS Chapters, student groups or companies and are limited to four members per team. Each team will prepare two competition meats for judging by the TSPS Executive Committee.


    COMPETITION MEATS:  Pork spare ribs and whole chicken

    Cooking must be complete by 4:30 and judging will begin between 4:30 and 5:00.


    ***DONATED MEATS:  Sausage, pre-cooked brisket – Each team should prepare enough donated meat to feed 25 diners (sausage and brisket donated by J-B Foods)




    Contact Paul Carey at txsurvey@att.net to register or for more details.



      --Monthly Meeting Program/Speaker ideas?  If you have an idea regarding a Speaker or meeting Program, contact Program Committee Chairman Paul Mannel (817) 293-1914.  Good programs mean good attendance and greater activity.


    Newsletter Contributions

    If you would like to offer an article or share some news or information, you are more than welcome to do so.  The Newsletter is a service to Chapter 5 members, and your contributions are encouraged.  Whether it is a technical offering, a historical article, or just a neat photo or link that might be of interest to our members, please forward it for inclusion so that all may enjoy.


    ---next TBPLS Board Meeting to be held in Austin  on Friday June 4th at 9 am at the TCEQ building.  The TBPLS awards 4 CEU’s to attendees of their meetings.  Check the Board website for a location map (www.txls.state.tx.us ).


    ---next TSPS Board Meeting to be held on Saturday June 5th, 2010 in Austin.  The Annual Ray Wisdom Auction and BBQ will follow the Board Meeting.  Stop by and partake of the proceedings and the Committee work, as this is the governing body of your organization.  The BBQ/Auction is a fun family event.


    ---Future annual convention dates and locations were approved by the TSPS Board of Directors:

                      2011 – Embassy Suites, Frisco – Oct. 13-16

                     2012 – Embassy Suites, San Marcos – Oct. 11-13

                     2013 – Sheraton, Arlington – Oct. 31-Nov. 2

                     2014 – Westin Galleria, Houston – Nov. 1-3

                     2015 – Sheraton, Dallas – Nov. 12-14


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             2010 Monthly Meeting Dates (speakers/programs)

    • June 8   TBD  Mark Eder, TxDOT Dallas District Survey Coordinator

    • July 13   John Warren, Dallas County Clerk (tentative)

    • August 10   Scott Dunham, Mobile Lidar Scanning

    • September 14  New Officer Installation

    • Annual Convention in Houston October 21-23

    •  November 9   TBD

    •  December – Christmas Party?!?!?



             2010 Special Events Schedule

    •  June 12       Day @ Lone Star Park (tentative)

    • June 15-17  4th Annual TSPS Educators Retreat @ North Lake College – West Campus

    Chapter 5 Meetings are held at:
    Cantina LAREDO Restaurant
    165 Inwood Village, Dallas, TX 75209
    (Southeast Corner of Inwood & Lover’s Lane, next to Inwood Theater)
    Phone: 214/350-5227 www.cantinalaredo.com
    Social/Dinner Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (order from the menu)
    Chapter Meeting: Business @ 7:00 pm, Program @ 7:30

    Thanks to the following Full-Page Ad subscribers: Midwest A&E, Precise Land Records, Lone Star Records & Abstract, Geomatic Resources,  Courthouse Research Specialists, and WDS.

    Be sure to support our friends at these firms, they support us!!

    And Thanks to the following firms for their contributions to the Chapter by placing a Business card in the Newsletter:  The Wallace Group, Dunaway & Associates, Dal-Tech, Bohannan Huston, Inc., R Delta Engineers, Winkelmann & Associates, Di Sciullo & Terry,  Lamb-Star Engineering, Gonzalez-Schneeberg, Stantec, and Halff Associates.


    Archived News Letters:

    Texas Society of Professional Surveyors
    Dallas Chapter No. 5
    P.O. Box 226933
    Dallas, Texas 75222

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